Dying in the Desert

Game Pass

In a world of instant gratification, it can be a tedious task to have to wait. You can watch movies right from the comfort of your home, download the next biggest hit right to your console, and even have groceries delivered in an hour or less. We quite literally have the world at our fingertips. Xbox has helped to feed into this need for speed with Game Pass. For those of you not familiar with it, they offer a plethora of games to you for a small monthly cost (about the cost of lunch). It currently features about 250 games including MMORPGs, fps, action and adventure, and all other games types.


Black Desert is one of the many games offered on Game Pass. It was released on the Xbox March 4, 2019, and is free to download with your subscription. The game is also available on the PS4, PC and mobile. It is described as a fantasy MMORPG with a huge open world waiting for you. It offers 19 characters and classes to choose from, and they are each able to be customized to your liking. They claim on their website that it is “the deepest character customization of any game currently on the market.” It has a variety of quests to complete throughout the game.

Game play

Beginning the game is quite confusing. The HUD is a hoarder’s dream with a disarray of information covering all available corners of the screen. Unless I missed it, there is no information given about what each icon means or its purpose. One vital thing missing is a tutorial. I played the game for an hour, and if I wasn’t a seasoned gamer, I would have been completely lost. The attacking system is pretty easy to use as you just click and shoot. The lower right hand of the screen displays the controls, so at least that part is user friendly. I could not see where to turn that off when it is no longer needed. I do not know if it is always on the screen or if it can be removed as you no longer need it. The quest guidance system was a little buggy for me. Sometimes the blue line would appear to lead me to my destination, and other times it was nowhere to be found. Some quests automatically completed, and others required me to enter a menu and click it for completion. I was unable to tell what the difference was between quests that require different steps. Overall, the game play is similar to other games like WOW, but Black Desert is more like the juvenile version.

A Mirage in the Desert

From the outside, it looks like a game with great potential. The graphics are not amazing, but they are decent compared to others of the same type. The game has the same quest system that many MMORPGs follow. You collect items and kill creatures, then rinse and repeat. It offers crafting, mounts, boats, houses, taming and many other things you would expect with this type of game. The problem is that this game is mechanically clunky. It leaves players frustrated and confused. The point of gaming is to relax, and I felt this experience was anything but relaxing. I would not recommend this game to anyone. I would rather get a root canal, than have to spend another minute with this game.

I also did a video review of this game, which I will link below.

Article by Trixie 770

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